McMinn/Monroe Co Sheriff's Officers bust burglars, recovery property in dual investigation
McMINN COUNTY, TN -
According to the McMinn and Monroe Co Sheriff's, a traffic stop in McMinn County followed by a joint investigation with Monroe County has led to the arrest of two suspects believed to have committed a string of burglaries in McMinn and Monroe counties.
Authorities said that Wednesday afternoon a mail carrier in McMinn County reported a suspicious Maroon Ford pickup truck behind a residence on Co Rd 568.
A short time later the same vehicle was seen near the report of a burglary on Co Rd. 550 police said.
A McMinn Co officer located the truck pulling a trailer near Dominoes Pizza in Athens, and stopped the truck.
Police said two subjects in the truck, Mark Dockery of Englewood and Anthony Shane Jirles of Athens had several electronics items in the truck that had been stolen from the residence on Co Rd 550.
As the investigation proceeded, it became evident that the two subjects had committed a string of burglaries in both McMinn and Monroe counties.
According to McMinn Co .Sheriff Joe Guy, Dockery and Jirles will be charged with burglaries on County Roads 550, 210, 252, and 561, as well as at least one theft in Athens. Monroe County is connecting the suspects to several burglaries and an estimated $60,000 in property.
McMinn and Monroe county officers are seeking anyone who can identify the multiple 4 wheelers recovered from the investigation.
The suspects remain in custody Mark Dockery is under a $46,500 bond and charged with Aggravated Burglary, three counts of Theft over $500, and other charges. Anthony Shane Jirles is under a $22,500 bond charged with two counts of Aggravated Burglary, three counts of theft over $500, and other charges. McMinn/Monroe Co. Sheriff's both say that additional charges may follow.